The ‘Mara’ is the best known safari destination in Kenya. Home to all of the Big Five: Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard and Elephant.
The term originates from the time when Big Game hunters used to track animals on foot. The ‘Big Five’ being the hardest to trace.
But in our safari van you will have ample opportunity to spot these favourites as well as many more.
From Nairobi we’ll drive over the Ngong ‘Knuckle’ hills and down the insanely steep Escarpment road into the Rift Valley.
The Rift was formed millions of years ago when two tectonic plates began moving apart from each other.
Stop and admire the view over the valley and the extinct volcano of Mt Longonot.
Through the valley floor herds of zebra, gazelles and impala roam freely as we approach the Mara park proper.
Once in the park you are free to pick and choose your preferred times of game drive; though we recommend at least one early start before breakfast to get the best chance of seeing lions after their late night hunt.
A circling vulture is always a good sign of success.
There are opportunities to see zebra, cheetah, leopard, Thomson’s gazelle, antelope, topi, giraffe and rhino.
Through June to October the Mara is home to the Greatest Natural Show on Earth as up to a million wildebeest migrate north from the Serengeti in Tanzania in search of fresh grassland.
We have the option of spending a day down near the Mara or Talek river crossings to see wildebeest braving the waters, hoping not to be caught by waiting crocodiles or other predators.
A spectacular dawn balloon ride is also possible on request. Take the opportunity to see the savannah from above.